IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Trump Administration denies permit to controversial proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska; Trump EPA lets polluting industries off the hook for toxic waste; Trump Interior Department finalizes bird-killing rule; PLUS: Bank of America ditches fossil fuel projects in the fragile Arctic... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Why Investors Are Loving Green Energy; Is it Too Late to Save ‘America’s Amazon’?; Brazil Amazon Deforestation Reaches 12-Year High; The New Energy Giants Are Renewable Companies; Minnesota Gives Final Green Light To Disputed Oil Pipeline; E.P.A.’s Final Deregulatory Rush Runs Into Open Staff Resistance... PLUS: Nemonte Nenquimo: The Indigenous Leader Named 'Environmental Hero'... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Early record heat wave Down Under an ominous signal of upcoming bushfire season:
- Heat wave returns to Australia on first day of summer (Reuters):
SYDNEY (Reuters) - An intense heat wave returned to Australia's south and east on Tuesday, the first day of the southern hemisphere summer, raising risks of bush fires after the country sweltered through its hottest November on record..."While bursts of heat and heat wave are normal for this time of year, what's making this burst of heat exceptional is temperatures up to 18 degrees (Celsius) above average," BoM Meteorologist Dean Narramore said.
- Australia heat wave breaks records in Sydney, escalates fire danger across wide area (Washington Post)
- Bushfire rips through world's largest sand island as heat wave grips Australia (CBS News)
- Historic 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends:
- A look back at the horrific 2020 Atlantic hurricane season (Dr. Jeff Masters, Eye of the Storm Blog, Yale Climate Communications):
Record after record fell as the 2020 season's storms brought fatalities, economic losses, and paralyzing damages throughout Central America and widespread parts of the Gulf of Mexico.
- The record-shattering 2020 hurricane season, explained (CBS News):
From the total number of storms to the rapid intensification and multiple landfalls, the records set in 2020 will likely stand for quite some time. What follows is a recap of the season's most astonishing milestones with an explanation of the factors that led to the events in this unprecedented season. Some of those factors are natural occurrences, while some are the result of human impact on the climate.
- Despite Atlantic hurricane season's end, NHC keeps its eyes on a system with odds of development (Orlando Sentinel)
- Hurricane flags burned to mark storm season's end (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- Trump FWS finalizes rollback of Migratory Bird Treaty Act
- Trump Officials Move To Relax Rules On Killing Birds (Washington Post):
A rule change easing companies’ liability for killing birds would not cause unacceptable environmental harm, the Trump administration said in an analysis published Friday, clearing the way for it to finalize a major rollback before the president’s term ends on Jan. 20.
- Trump administration moves to weaken migratory bird protections (Reuters)
- Trump administration moves to strip federal protections for migratory birds (USA Today)
- Trump Admin Ignored Internal Concerns When Clipping Bird Protections, Documents Show (Huffington Post)
- Trump pushes new environmental rollbacks on way out the door (AP)
- Trump EPA drops spill insurance requirement for polluting industries:
- EPA won't require industry to guarantee funding for toxic waste cleanups (The Hill)
- Feds Won't Require Insurance for Pollution Cleanup (Courthouse News)
- Can a New Administration Undo a PreviousAdministration's Regulations? [PDF] (CRS Insights 11/21/2016)
- U.S. moves to loosen safety rules for Arctic Ocean oil drilling (Reuters)
- Bank of America will no longer finance Arctic oil, gas projects
- Every Major Bank Has Now Ruled Out Funding Arctic Drilling (Gizmodo)
- Bank of America latest to say no to financing Arctic drilling (France24)
- Bank of America Promises It Won't Fund Arctic Drilling (EcoWatch)
- Why is Bank of America still open to funding the destruction of our homelands in the Arctic? (Red Green And Blue, 9/22/2020)
- U.S. moves to loosen safety rules for Arctic Ocean oil drilling (Reuters)
- Trump Admin. proposes rule to force banks to invest in fossil fuel projects:
- Trump Is Trying to Force Banks to Continue Financing Arctic Fossil Fuel Drilling (Truthout)
- Trump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians (The Hill)
- Army Corps of Engineers denies crucial permit for controversial Pebble Mine:
- Army Corps rejects Pebble mine permit (E&E News):
The mine, proposed by the Pebble Limited Partnership, appeared to be sailing toward approval this summer when the Army Corps issued an environmental review that found the project would not have a measurable effect on the salmon fishery. But internal turmoil at the company, political pressure from both sides of the aisle and questions over its wetlands mitigation plan left its future in doubt. Today's rejection spells the end of the project, notwithstanding any legal challenges.
- Alaska's Controversial Pebble Mine Fails to Win Critical Permit, Likely Killing It (NY Times)
- Northern Dynasty Minerals: Pebble Mine On Life Support After Permit Denial (Seeking Alpha)
- Pebble Mine Partnership 'dismayed' by permit rejection, vows appeal (Reuters)
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
For a comprehensive roundup of daily environmental news you can trust, see the Society of Environmental Journalists' Daily Headlines page
- Why Investors Are Loving Green Energy (Climate Crocks)
- View from the Midwest: Renewables on a Roll (Climate Crocks)
- Is it Too Late to Save ‘America’s Amazon’? (The Revelator)
- Nemonte Nenquimo: The Indigenous Leader Named 'Environmental Hero' (BBC)
- Brazil Amazon Deforestation Tops 11,000 sq km, Reaching 12-Year High (MongaBay)
- Shell In Court Over Claims It Hampered Fossil Fuels Phase-Out (Guardian UK)
- Ancient Droughts Choked Southwest for 1000s of Years. Will They Return? (Inside Climate News)
- The New Energy Giants Are Renewable Companies (Bloomberg)
- Minnesota Gives Final Green Light To Disputed Oil Pipeline (AP)
- E.P.A.’s Final Deregulatory Rush Runs Into Open Staff Resistance (NY Times)
- 16 Georgia Superfund Sites Threatened by Climate-Linked Extreme Weather (Inside Climate News)
- Wildfire Smoke Is Poisoning California’s Kids. Some Pay a Higher Price (NY Times)
- Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration (Pro Publica)
- Exxon's Snake Oil: 100 years of deception (Columbia Journalism Review)
- What Does '12 Years to Act on Climate Change' (Now 11 Years) Really Mean? (Inside Climate News)
- VIDEO: A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (The Intercept)
- SEJ Backgrounder: Green New Deal Proposes Sweeping Economic Transformation (Society of Environmental Journalists)
- Explainer: The 'Green New Deal': Mobilizing for a just, prosperous, and sustainable economy (New Consensus)
- What genuine, no-bullshit ambition on climate change would look like: How to hit the most stringent targets, with no loopholes. (David Roberts, Vox)
- A Global Shift To Sustainability Would Save Us $26 Trillion (Vox)
- Project Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming (Drawdown.org)
- An Optimist's Guide to Solving Climate Change and Saving the World (Vice)
- The great nutrient collapse: The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention. (Politico)
- The world's bleak climate situation, in 3 charts: We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there. (Vox)
- The Climate Risks We Face (NY Times):
To stabilize global temperature, net carbon dioxide emissions must be reduced to zero. The window of time is rapidly closing to reduce emissions and limit warming to no more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, the goal set in the Paris climate accord. The further we push the climate system beyond historical conditions, the greater the risks of potentially unforeseen and even catastrophic changes to the climate - so every reduction in emissions helps.
- The Uninhabitable Earth: When will climate change make earth too hot for humans? (New York Magazine):
Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak - sooner than you think.
- A beginner's guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy (Vox):
Clean-energy enthusiasts frequently claim that we can go bigger, that it's possible for the whole world to run on renewables - we merely lack the "political will." So, is it true? Do we know how get to an all-renewables system? Not yet. Not really.
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